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Bruce Erdman
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Indoor-outdoor carpeting

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Berman Oct 1, 2014. 2 Replies

Can indoor-outdoor carpet be used at shows held indoors such as convention halls, fair park buildings, etc ?Continue

The Square - Sequel

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bruce Erdman Apr 14, 2014. 6 Replies

My previous post was unclear.  Let me try again.I have an Android phone.  I wish to know what others who have used android phones with the square/paypal,intuit reader have learned.  Thanks.BruceContinue

The Square

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bruce Erdman Apr 4, 2014. 14 Replies

What is the best tablet to use with the Square credit card reader?Continue

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Morristown CraftMarket vs Sugarloaf shows

Posted on April 28, 2014 at 10:22pm 11 Comments

I have been invited to exhibit at Morristown this fall.  After a look at twenty or so 2013 artists that have a web presence, it appears that Morristown exhibitor's work is much more  sophisticated than the work I saw at a Sugarloaf show last fall.  Is my observation correct?

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At 11:02pm on April 2, 2014, Connie Mettler said…

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At 11:32am on May 1, 2014, David Klenk said…

Hi Bruce, that will be quite a bit of reading.  Once you get through all that there is one more book I would consider crucial.  However, I think it is better to listen to it, rather than read it.  I'll explain: the book is titled "The Charisma Myth, and is written by Olivia Fox-Cabane.  You can get the audio version through is owned by so you may be able to get a promotional deal because you are a Prime member.

This is the book to listen to while you drive to a show.  It is full of practical advice that helped me be at my best during the show.  It is crucially important to making the craft shows become profitable.  That is because so much hinges on the customer's initial perception of the exhibitor.

I could go on about other books but these are the ones I feel are absolutely crucial.  I have read or listened to over 100 books on topics that I thought might have some valid perspective on this creative life so many of us are trying to experience.  My main problem, in the beginning, was my own misperceptions.  It was only through reading lots of books and trying different "experiments" at over twenty craft shows, about eight years worth, that I got to the point where I think I have some thoughts worth sharing.  Good luck with your shows!  When it all works it is more wonderful than I ever imagined. 

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